February 2021
Greetings to Our New Members
If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President, or the PTG Home Office. Be sure to check out some of the great benefits of PTG membership. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.
Covid-19 Programs/Resources
The Small Business Association is continuing to accept applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program will allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and eligible self-employed individuals to receive loans provided it is their first time borrowing. Loans are forgiven as long as certain requirements are met. A guide to the PPP program and other possible options for PTG Members is available at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
Other PTG Member Resources
·  CAUT Guidelines - CAUT piano cleaning and usage tips for institutions
·  Piano Service Protocol - A helpful template for setting appointments
·  Stay Connected - Useful content to share with your customers
·  PTG Responds - An up-to-date collection of all PTG COVID-19 correspondence as it happens
Interested in Being a Part of a Mentorship Program?
Know someone who needs some help learning a skill or preparing for their RPT exams? The Mentorship Page offers a list of technicians from all over the country who are eager to help. Embark on a long-term relationship or just ask for help with one particular skill.  Many mentors are willing to work remotely. And, check out the new Mentorship Connect community - where mentors and mentees can engage and share resources. Read more about the program and use the sign-up page to show your interest in participating as a mentor or to find a mentor.
New Leadership Scholarship from the Piano Technicians Foundation
Ten Leadership Scholarships are available in 2021. The scholarship is open to PTG members holding office in local PTG Chapters as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. It provides a voucher covering the exam fee for the PTG Technical or PTG Tuning Exam; valid at any exam site. Click Leadership Scholarship for more details.
Winter Board Meeting Updates/RVP Newsletters
The PTG Board of Directors participated in a Long Range Planning Session on January 29 then finished the weekend with their regular meeting January 30 and 31. Minutes are available online in Forms & Documents. Also, watch for your RVP newsletter in your email or view it online at my.ptg.org in your regional community.
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2021 Convention – August 4 - 7
PTG continues to plan for the 2021 Convention and Technical Institute. Planning continues for an in-person convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. As always, the health and safety of all our convention participants remain the highest priority, and we continue to monitor the situation and prepare contingency plans. More information about class offerings and registration coming soon.
PTG Green Initiative
As adopted in 2005, the Council Book of Resolutions states, "Home Office and PTG membership shall be environmentally aware." Over the last year, the HO has been working towards eliminating the printing and mailing of such things as newsletters, supplements, invoices, and monthly statements. Please update your profile online or contact the HO if we do not have your current contact information.